The Tuffy Lake In The Hills Guide To Caring For Your Transmission
Posted in Transmission on October 09, 2014
Most cars and trucks have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Lake In The Hills auto owners only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Lake In The Hills. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there’s an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you’re doing.
Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That’s what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on Illinois highways. And automatically shifts back down to climb Lake In The Hills hills, pass or start up again.
SUV automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common.
At Tuffy Lake In The Hills, we routinely service transmissions with six speeds and several have seven or even eight speeds. As you can imagine, this means more parts. Any they all have to fit into roughly the same space.
Transmissions are computer controlled these days, with some high end transmissions having two or three computers. Transmissions are engineered to last. But they are also engineered to tighter tolerances. If a portion of the transmission is starved for lubrication, it can lead to failure.
Not enough fluid can starve the transmission or dirty transmission fluid can clog small passages in the transmission, then the lubricant is blocked and can’t get to all the parts to protect them, so they wear out prematurely. The technicians at Tuffy Lake In The Hills see far too many transmissions that needlessly failed due to neglect.
And, as you can imagine, repairing one of these new transmissions at any Lake In The Hills service center can be quite costly. That’s why vehicle manufacturers have a schedule for how often you should change the fluid and what type of fluid to use.
It’s really important for Lake In The Hills drivers to carefully follow the manufacturer’s transmission service schedule.
At Tuffy Lake In The Hills in Lake In The Hills, we hope you never become shiftless in Lake In The Hills because you didn’t take care of your transmission.